Holy Communion and Tenebrae Service in Main Sanctuary and Livestream
Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” As recorded in John’s gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34).
This service has three main parts:
A Service of Light based on the traditional Vespers service in which we recognize Christ our Light
A Service of Holy Communion in which we are invited to participate as one of The Twelve at the Last Supper
A Service of Shadows: Tenebrae, in which we meditate on the Passion of Christ and experience in dramatic form the extinguishing of the Light
If you are participating in worship online, please have a plate with a piece of bread or cracker and a cup with grape juice, wine, or water. You may also consider adding a small bowl with water and a hand towel. During the service, you will be invited to lift the bread or cracker and the cup for a blessing.